NYC

I’m back! I was in NYC for the past four days/three nights… It was fun, but I’m so happy to be home! I had been to NYC once before, for three days, to visit one of my good friends. She was the perfect tour guide and it was so much fun. This time, I went for work, with my boss/best friend and another coworker. (We went in search of new clothing lines for BB Children’s Boutique, in case you’re wondering!)

Anyways, it was lots of fun and I actually did better (being away from Blaire) than I thought I would. Jason sent me lots of snapchats and videos, and she looked like she was having so much fun that it didn’t make me feel guilty for being way. While in NYC, we spent a day at a clothing show, and two days shopping in the garment district. We met up for dinner and lunch with my friend Jackie. I haven’t seen her for over a year, since I went to visit her in October of 2013, so it was lots of fun to catch up. She’s getting married this October which means there was tons to talk about! While we were there, we had sooo much good food, including some New York pizza and Shake Shack. We did a little sightseeing, including shopping in Columbus Circle and Times Square.

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While I was gone, Jason transitioned Blaire from her pack and play (in our room) to her crib (in her own bedroom). SCARY. My worst fear was that she wouldn’t let him get much sleep while I was away. Jason gets up early for work, and he had to get up even earlier to get Blaire to daycare. Between her cold and teething, she had been waking up for hours in the middle of the night, or would toss and turn for hours… Luckily, each morning I got a good report! She would go right to sleep and was only up for an hour, or less, each night. #success ;) She also had her third bottom tooth pop through while I was gone!

Blaire tried yogurt for the first time this weekend. We found this baby yogurt at Target. She LOVES it! We started with the apple and blueberry package and she seems to love them both equally. We are slowly transitioning her from purees to more solid foods, but it’s just not the easiest with only 2 1/2 teeth. Speaking of teeth… now that she has her two bottom teeth, and a top tooth that’s about half way in, she has started grinding them! It is the most terrible sound. Did your kid(s) do this? If so, was there anything you could do to get them to stop? I can’t handle it!

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Last week Blaire had her first piece of cat food, and now we can’t keep her out of the kitchen! Any time she can, she makes a bee line to the cat bowls. So gross. Well, we’re halfway through the week… here’s hoping your last two days go by quickly! xo

Hello, October!

I LOVE October! Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooler temps, the cozy clothes and the scents all make it the most wonderful season. Last October we moved into our new house, found out we were having a baby girl and I visited a friend in New York City (my first time in NY!). While we don’t have any plans as major as anything we did last year, I know this October will be just as fun! Now, let’s pretend it’s Thursday, while I throwback to last October.

First up, we moved into our new house! We moved from the two bedroom townhouse my husband had owned for quite a few years into our three bedroom ranch. We were sooo excited about all of the extra space, especially since we had our new addition on the way. We were also extra excited because we had left the majority of our wedding gifts packed away and were just dying to finally get them all out and put them to good use.

The house was really in great condition and didn’t need much work. The one big project was painting the bright yellow and blue basement to fit our much more neutral taste. We decided on a basic tan and a fun olive green and love how they turned out!

Bye bye, ugly walls!

Up next, finding out baby’s gender! We went in for our original ultrasound, but the tech could only tell us with 60% certainty that she was a girl. I couldn’t tell everyone it was a girl unless we knew for sure. I wasn’t going to announce it to the world, and then have to tell everyone the next month (after our next ultrasound) that it was actually a boy! So, we decided to pay for a 3D ultrasound so that we could go in the next week. During that ultrasound, the tech was able to confirm 100% that it was a girl. It was our first 3D Ultrasound, and it was so fun to be able to see her in there kicking away! We decided to paint a pumpkin for our gender reveal. We painted a real pumpkin… but now I wish I would’ve painted a fake pumpkin so that we’d have it forever. I also searched everywhere for a white pumpkin, but had no luck. Oh well, I was happy with how it turned out in the end. :)

Our Pink Chevron Pumpkin

Our Gender Reveal

Finally, my first trip to NYC! This was also where I splurged on my first pair of truly, high-end designer shoes (Tory Burch!) and where Blaire received her first pair of designer shoes, as a gift from my friend Jackie. The trip was so fun! Even though I was 22 weeks pregnant, the walking didn’t bother me, although going into the trip I had no idea how much walking would be involved. The weather was cool and perfect! I’d love to go back. It really gave me an appreciation for the fact that we don’t have to live in apartments here in the midwest! Below are some photos taken in Central Park.

Central Park Collage

Looking through my photos from NYC made me realize how much I missed my baby bump… so I thought I’d end this with some bump selfies from last October. Looking back, I remember thinking my bump was HUGE. I’d really know what huge looked like 4 months later!

Baby Bump!

Baby Bump from 20 – 24 Weeks

How excited are YOU for October? What’s your favorite part of fall?

xoxo